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Topic: NEWSPAPERS, PUBLISHING

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin tabula 'board, list'

table

1 noun
     
table
ta‧ble1 S1 W1 [countable]
1

furniture

DHF a piece of furniture with a flat top supported by legs:
the dining-room table
lay the table British English set the table American English (=put knives, forks etc on a table before a meal)
The waiter cleared the table (=took all the plates, glasses etc off).
book/reserve a table (=in a restaurant)
I've booked a table for two for 8 o'clock.
2

sport/game

snooker/billiard/ping-pong etc table

a special table for playing a particular indoor sport or game on
3

list

TCN a list of numbers, facts, or information arranged in rows across and down a page
4

on the table

an offer, idea etc that is on the table has been officially suggested and someone is considering it:
The offer on the table is a 10% wage increase.
5

turn the tables (on somebody)

to change a situation completely, so that someone loses an advantage and you gain one:
The tables were turned in the second half, when Leeds United scored from the penalty spot.
6

under the table

informal money that is paid under the table is paid secretly and illegally:
Payments were made under the table to local officials.
7

maths

HM

times table

a list that young children learn, in which all the numbers between 1 and 12 are multiplied by each other [= multiplication table]
three/four etc times table
He's 12 years old and still doesn't know his three times table.
8

group

the group of people sitting around a table:
His stories kept the whole table amused.
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